'Autumn ... the year's last, loveliest smile.' ― William Cullen Bryant
There's no season that drums up more feelings of nostalgia than autumn. Whether you're diving back into the school year, renting a cabin in the mountains or eating your weight in apples and pumpkin, some of the best memories of your life occur during this time of year. While the season is typically associated with the death and decay of nature, for many people, it's a season of rebirth and reflection.
The feelings of comfort and nostalgia we experience in autumn are hard to express in words, but that hasn't stopped writers and thinkers around the world from trying. Here are a few autumnal quotes that are sure to get you into the fall spirit!
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." — Albert Camus, 20th century French philosopher and writer
"For as long as she could remember, she had thought that autumn air went well with books, that the two both somehow belonged with blankets, comfortable armchairs, and big cups of coffee or tea." — Katarina Bivald, Swedish author of "The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend"
"I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it." — Lee Maynard, American novelist
"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." — George Eliot, the pseudonym of 19th century English novelist and poet Mary Ann Evans
'The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow it down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully.' — Henry Rollins
"Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring." — Truman Capote, 20th century American novelist
"There is a part of me that will forever want to be walking under autumn leaves." — Roger Ebert, American film critic
"I have come to regard November as the older, harder man's October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer's death as winter tightens its grip." — Henry Rollins, American writer, actor and comedian
"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." — Nathaniel Hawthorne, 19th century American novelist
"Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary." — Siobhan Vivian, American novelist
"Every leaf speaks bliss to me fluttering from the autumn tree." — Emily Brontë, 19th century English novelist and poet